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Greetings! I lurk aroun dhere and post sometimes in this forum. I'ma UP/UCer at heart, though my first was born in a hospital and mysecond born in an in-hospital birthcentre. I'm roughly 6 wks pregnant based on moon phases right now. By thie point with both of my others I"d already been to an OB (switched to midwives with the second at 19 wks). So far, we haven't talked one word about pregnancy care or attendance. At the rate we're going, we won't fora long time. So I'm interested to learn all I can about UPs. What things are necessary in regards to keeping track of things (weight, b/p, etc etc)? Or rather, how necessary are those thing? I'm fineand dandy, never felt better actually. By 6 wks with both boys I was energy-zapped and puking mybrains out. No signs of that here, so I'mthinking I should ride this wave and just do what I can to be healthy. I'm an open bookladies, educate me!<br>
Namaste, Tara and baby Rythm (due 1/06)
 

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I think the only things you HAVE to do are eat well, drink lots of water, exercise, and enjoy yourself. I have chosen to check my BP and listen to the fetus' heart later on (with a stethoscope), but that's it. Neither are necessary routines, the heartbeat will be mostly for my own enjoyment. By 20 weeks, when you can hear the HB, you are feeling kicks anyways. Some people test their own urine, but most don't. Weight is pretty useless, as far as I can tell. I can't think of anything else, really.
 

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I think it really depends on your comfort level ... some people think it's important to measure themselves, check weight, urine, blood pressure, heart tones ... etc ... while others do nothing more than eat well and rest and exercise.<br><br>
For me it was important to pray and spend lots of time bonding with the baby ... when I had quiet time, i'd spend it laying in bed, playing with my belly. Sometimes I listened to the baby's heartbeat or my placenta with a fetoscope but not as a way of diagnosing anything ... it was hit or miss whether I'd hear it anyway ... but it was so fun! I never weighed myself or checked blood pressure or anything because that really wouldn't have told me much. I could see the baby was growing by the size of my belly ... could feel him bouncing around inside me so I knew he was well even when I was unable to find that heartbeat. I did receive regular Chiropractic care before, during and after my pregnancy ... that's included in my routine health care ... right up there with eating right and taking good care of myself ... my children all see the Chiro. on a regular basis and our UC baby saw him at 2 weeks of age ... although he didn't need an adjustment for 8 mos.<br><br>
What is most important TO YOU in regards to taking responsibility for your own prenatal/health care? That will probably give you the answers.
 

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Tara, I'm still undecided, but right now, I'm acting like it's a UP. Right now, I'm not doing anything differently. But as time goes on, I'll be taking nettle infusions, checking my bp, learn about belly mapping to find out the position of the baby (for my own personal knowledge), and keeping track of the baby's movements. If the baby is moving around, then I'm pretty sure everything is ok. If my bp is ok, then I'm not going to be too worried about pre e. And I think most everything else can be taken care of with a good diet. Either that, or it's unavoidable. If I were bleeding red, or I had a fever, I'd go to a doc.<br><br>
Oh, also, check out the unassistedbirth community on LJ. Lots of great ladies there. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Yeah, everyone is different as to what they consider important to monitor for themselves. I didn't do a lot of the basic monitoring even when I was with a midwife... even less as a UCer. I mean, I <i>felt</i> healthy, I took good care of myself, and the baby was obviously growing and active, so there was really no reason to measure and keep track of things. I did take my blood pressure a couple of times when I didn't feel as well as normal, I took prenatal vitamins, ate well, kept my stress levels low, and determined baby's position. But that was it.
 
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